Taki Theodoracopulos

Taki Theodoracopulos

Taki is an ex-Greek Davis Cup player as well as a former captain of the Greek national karate team. He has won the U.S. national veterans judo championship twice, and in 2008 was world veterans judo champion 70 and over. Since 1967, when he began his career with National Review, he has been a columnist for the London Spectator, the London Sunday Times, Esquire Magazine, Vanity Fair and Chronicles Magazine. In 2002 he founded The American Conservative with Pat Buchanan. He has covered the Vietnam War as well as the Yom Kippur War and the Cyprus conflict of 1974.

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Manhattan, N.Y.

One Bad Apple

Mar 30 2019

NEW YORK—This place feels funny, a bit like Beirut, where Christians, Muslims, Druze, and encamped Palestinians live together but separately, with one or two million

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New York

Nothing but Phonies

Mar 23 2019

NEW YORK CITY—Goodbye, snowcapped peaks; hello, swampy brown East River. So long, fresh alpine air; greetings, choking diesel fumes. Adios, cows and cuckoo clocks; welcome,

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Taki Jokes

Mar 16 2019

As Emperor Maximilian told his convulsed-by-tears servants while he was about to be executed by the Mexicans, “Who knew?” Last week the owner of the

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Put the Grandkids in Charge

Mar 09 2019

As everyone knows, the definition of serendipity is searching for a needle in a haystack, and instead finding a farmer’s daughter. Not so fast, as

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Dying Breeds

Mar 02 2019

A rare British species, a womanizing ex–foreign minister, kissed and told about his brief affair with a yellow-eyed temptress last week, and it brought back

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Tell It to the Saudis

Feb 22 2019

This is party time in Gstaad. From the richest billionaires down to some impoverished souls with only a few million to their name, “the joint

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Crash Course

Feb 16 2019

Who was it who said we always hurt those we love the most? I did just that last week, skiing out of control, making a

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Life’s Too Short for Envy

Feb 09 2019

Here in Gstaad there is no worker alienation. Nor are the rich especially worried. The talk is about snow conditions, upcoming parties, the price of

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Boris Johnson


Feb 02 2019

“The British political class has offered to the world an astounding spectacle of mendacious, intellectually limited hustlers.” This is a direct quote from last week’s

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Roger Federer

Tennis Is the Best Medicine

Jan 26 2019

Asked how he was feeling as he was about to give a speech to a ladies’ group, Mark Twain looked horror-stricken and said: “How do

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Wengen, Switzerland

Nil Desperandum

Jan 19 2019

Do any of you know what a cisgender is? I just found out. A cisgender is a term describing someone whose gender identity matches the

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Resist, I Guess

Jan 12 2019

Funny thing is, I was in school with a man named Ted Widmer, and I recently read that one Ted Widmer is a “distinguished lecturer”

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All Downhill From Here

Jan 05 2019

GSTAAD—My annual end-of-year party in the Bagel was a bust. Too many people brought their friends and I ended up asking men and women to

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New York, N.Y.

Time to Fly Away

Dec 08 2018

NEW YORK—At times I used to think the place was real. The New York of films, that is. The reality is an urban agglomeration of

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Only in New York

Nov 24 2018

What I should have done is gone out and bought a lottery ticket. I’ll explain: The snow suddenly came down in buckets, icing the city

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Grandfather Clause

Nov 17 2018

NEW YORK—A little Austrian count was born to my daughter last week in Salzburg, early in the morning of Nov. 9, 2018, becoming my third

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Outrage All Around

Nov 10 2018

NEW YORK—An old-fashioned party is a gathering of friends invited by the host or hostess, who foots the bill. Old-fashioned parties are very rare in

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Never Fuhgeddaboudit

Nov 03 2018

NEW YORK— I now know it by heart. Brooklyn Heights, that is. It takes 35 minutes by cab from where I live on the Upper

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Brooklyn Bridge, NY

Stale Bagel

Oct 27 2018

NEW YORK—In the dark she still looks good. The mystery and magnetism linger until dawn, and then you slowly see the lines and the harshness.

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New York, NY

Watch Your Mouth

Oct 20 2018

There is fear and loathing in this city, with men looking over their shoulders for the thought police, and hard-eyed women roaming the television studios

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Countess Maya von Schoenburg

Teutonic Tales

Oct 13 2018

The bells are ringing, the bells are ringing, ding-dong, ding-dong. The cows are down from up high, where they’ve been grazing since spring. From my

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Ronan Farrow

London, Under One Condition

Oct 06 2018

To London for much too brief a visit for a wedding, lunch with commodore Tim Hoare, and a look-see for a house. Yes, I am

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Soc, Witt, and Taki

Sep 29 2018

The grandest view of Gstaad and the surrounding Saanen valley bar none—and that includes the vista from my high-up-on-the-hill farm—belongs to an imposing house that

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Who the Hell is Manny Klein?

Sep 22 2018

Perception and reality, truth and falsehood, black and white; nowadays the salivating chattering classes don’t know their ass from a hole in the ground, as

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Serena Williams

Reading and Raging

Sep 15 2018

A letter from a reader in South Africa mentions that the writer’s father insisted a white dinner jacket was permissible only in Palm Beach, Biarritz,

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Greece Isn’t Back, but Taki Is

Sep 08 2018

Some jerk know-nothing writes in an unreadable American newspaper that Greece is back—Athens, actually. He would; he’s an American who probably thinks that the lack